Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Six Years Later, Earthquake Aid Failures Forgotten?

This year’s 2010 earthquake anniversary saw much less press coverage than did previous years’ and this article asks why, especially given all the questions that remain unanswered. In many cases, it seems like the outpouring of aid money did more harm than good in Haiti and it is still unclear where a huge portion of it went or what it did. This article suggests re-evaluating the humanitarian aid system and recognizing the problems it created in Haiti after the earthquake.

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Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti

Mark Schuller, Counterpunch
January 18, 2016


This Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti came and went with little fanfare.

On the one hand, this could be a sign of moving on. As Gina Athena Ulysse has powerfully demonstrated, Haiti needs new narratives. Maybe the earthquake story has run its course, in the foreign memory at least.

On the other hand, what is the story?

Last year, to mark the fifth, dozens of foreign journalists were on the scene. Last year, also on the 12th, Parliament’s terms expired, leaving President Martelly to rule by decree and newly-minted Prime Minister Evans Paul to run the government. The political story displaced a sober analysis of the impact of the aid response, while policies to close camps at all costs displaced people a second (or third) time.


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